WorkSafe issues notices and fines on Canberra light rail project


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 WorkSafe ACT has issued a number of fines following safety concerns on the light rail project site.

The notices include three Prohibition Notices and one Improvement Notice and were issued in relation to the storage and treatment of flammable materials on the site as well as an incident involving a small fire during a refuelling activity.

The fire incident related to the ignition of fuel vapours as a generator was filled with petrol in close proximity to where grinding of a metal track weld was occurring. This resulted in a small fire.  The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries to workers on the site.

Two Infringement Notices ($3600 each) were issued to a project sub-contractor for non-compliance with SWMS. Infringements totalling $14,400 were also issued to the principal contractor for the same failures, according to WorkSafe ACT.

Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said safety on the light rail project remained a key focus of WorkSafe ACT, adding that three additional inspectors had been sent to the site to ensure workers and the community are kept safe.

“This is a project which is not only of great prominence but also complexity and safety must remain the overarching consideration of workers and project officers working on this project,” he said.

“As we head into the busy end of year period my message to workers on this site, and others across the city, is not to rush to complete deadlines at the expense of safety.

“As the activity on the light rail site increases in intensity and complexity into the New Year, WorkSafe ACT will be increasing its focus on the light rail site to ensure all works are being undertaken safely.

“The increased number of WorkSafe inspectors focusing on this project will be a key element in ensuring workers and the community are kept safe.”

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